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Digital Inclusion and the Twin Cities Homeless Community. 2012 Orrick, Rebecca.

Digital literacy is an essential skill in the 21st century, especially for homeless individuals searching for housing and other resources to leave the streets. In partnership with Open Access Connections, this project investigated whether homeless individuals in the Twin Cities metropolitan area felt that existing computer-based social services were available and accessible to them.

Communiversity Communiversity, digital literacy, homeless, Internet
Project Update: Mutual Adaptation between Karen Refugees and a Rural Minnesota Community. 2012 Stone, Barbara.

This article reports on a project to identify key success factors for the Karen—a minority ethnic group from Burma’s eastern border along Thailand—in their relocation to Worthington, Minnesota. Based on in-depth interviews with refugees, civic, business, education, social-service, and faith-community leaders, several success factors were identified:

Communiversity cultural adaptation, cultural differences, Karen, refugees, relocation, Worthington
Understanding Alcohol Use in the Karen Refugee Community: A Qualitative Study. 2012 Clements-Green, Caitlin.

A recent study suggests refugee populations may be at greatest risk for alcohol abuse (Ezard, 2011). Concern is growing for the Karen refugee community in St. Paul, Minnesota in regards to alcohol use and misuse. This qualitative study assessed the perspectives of community members and providers related to alcohol use in the Karen community. The study also assessed the quality of alcohol-related educational and treatment opportunities for Karen community members. Ten Karen community members, seven providers of Karen descent, and eight non-Karen providers were interviewed.

Rental Licensing to Achieve Compliance. 2012 Hackett, Silvana.

This report provides background information on policy options used by suburban cities in the Minneapolis/St. Paul metropolitan area to address issues of non‐compliance with city property maintenance code and geographically concentrated criminal activity. It focuses primarily on rental licensing programs as a policy response and analyzes the experiences of cities with universal and targeted rental licensing programs. This study includes a literature review and a summary of the interviews conducted with surrounding cities and with Roseville Inspections Department staff.